San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and CEO Jed York agreed to postpone contract negotiations until after this season. York spoke to Harbaugh on Wednesday and the two sides thought it was best for the organization to focus on football and not worry about the off-field stuff until the season concluded. York told Yahoo! SportsTalk Live Jim Kozimor, “We actually just had this conversation yesterday. Lots of people were talking to him about it. We just said, ‘You know what, let’s not do anything during the season. Let’s sit down a week or so after the season is over and let everybody know we’re not focused on anything that’s off the field right now.”
York went on to say “Jim and I will sit down a week or so after the season is over and we’ll figure out where we go.” But like a game of stocks, will Harbaugh’s continued success be too bullish for the 49ers at the end of the 2014 season? York said, “Well, Jim’s here for the next two years under contract. And like I’ve said publicly and very loudly in the past, I hope he has the utmost leverage when we sit down and talk about his contract at the end of the season. It’s a good thing. It’s an unbelievable problem to have.”
Harbaugh who is currently entering his fourth year of a five-year, $25 million deal signed back in 2011 will surely be looking to get paid like a top five NFL coach. And despite not winning the big one, his resume speaks for itself as the 49ers are clearly a top player in the NFC evident by three consecutive NFC Championship appearances. A true player’s coach, I believe Harbaugh is worth every penny as Harbaugh’s resume speaks for itself.
With Harbaugh-York negotiations temporarily placed on the back burner, the team can now focus on ending their Quest For Six, as they have been knocking on that door the past few years.